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    Prestashop AliExpress Dropshipping

    Prestashop AliExpress Dropshipping – Drop shipping is a very popular e-commerce business model that allows you to sell products on your store, without investing the capital inventory.

    With drop shipping, store owners can sell products to their customers without actually stocking the items themselves. Small and Medium scale e-commerce entrepreneurs love dropshipping because there is no inventory to hold, which gives the advantage of lower investment.

    The biggest difference between dropshipping and the standard retail model is that the selling merchant doesn’t stock their own inventory. Instead, the merchant purchases inventory as needed from a third party to fulfill orders.

    With our Prestashop Aliexpress Dropshipping Module, The drop shipper can import products and their combinations from AliExpress into his Prestashop store and can start selling those products on his own store very easily without having to stock the products physically.

    Once the Order has been placed on Prestashop, Order Automation process helps you to place the order on Aliexpress on a single click!

    Note

    Following are the functionalities which are not working in the new AliExpress theme:

    • Admin cannot import the products through cron.
    • Admin can import the products to Prestashop from product page but cannot import from the category page.
    • Automatic product update through cron. Admin can update the update the product parameters while importing the product from product page manually.

    New AliExpress Theme

    Old AliExpress Theme

    Features

    General

    • Start an online business at a low investment cost.
    • Import AliExpress Products on your store with ease.
    • One-click Updating System for your products ( name, price, images, feature, description and packaging details).
    • A custom built “AliExpress Product Importer” (Chrome Browser Extension) is available on Chrome extension store.

    Price Related Features

    • Admin will have 4 options to select the pricing mechanism of the newly imported product. – Same as AliExpress, set Custom Price of newly imported product, add Increase/ Decrease impact on the products price when imported from AliExpress.
    • If the product price is in a particular range on AliExpress then in that case, admin can select whether minimum price or the maximum price will be set for the Imported product.

    Product Import Features (Check  New Product Settings of the Configuration Section)

    • Admin can now import product to Prestashop from both Product and Category page.
    • Product can automatically get created in Prestashop catalog when sync from AliExpress, if “create product automatically” option will be enabled by admin.
    • Packaging details will be displayed on the product page if imported from AliExpress.
    • AliExpress shipping time will be displayed on the product page if shipping time will be imported from AliExpress.
    • Admin can prior decide the parameters( name, price, images, feature, description and packaging details) to be fetched with the Product imported from AliExpress.
    • While importing products, admin can decide whether to fetch product details by CURL or by CRON.
    • Admin can predefine the associated and default category of the product.
    • Admin can predefine the default tax rule, supplier, visibility options of the newly imported product from AliExpress.
    • Admin can pre-decide the carriers to be applied on the newly imported product.
    • While importing products from AliExpress, Admin can remove the product images that are not required to be imported.

    Product Combination Image Feature

    • Admin can decide whether to import product images with the combination images of the imported products from AliExpress end, under “Product Combination image setting”.
    • If disabled by admin, only selected combination images will be displayed.

    Product Update Features

    • Admin can update product information of the imported products when they are updated on AliExpress end.
    • Admin also has an option to select which parameters will be updated. Options available at Admin end are Product Name, Product Price, Product Images, Product feature, Product description and Product packaging details.
    • Admin decides whether combinations of the imported product will be regenerated at Prestashop end.
    • Admin can automatically update product quantity and price of the imported products when they are updated on AliExpress by “Cron task manager” or setting “Cron as per specific time interval”.

    Automatic Update Feature

    • Admin can automatically update product quantity and price of the imported products when they are updated on AliExpress by “Cron task manager” or setting “Cron as per specific time interval”.

    Order Automation Features

    • Admin can place orders on AliExpress by a single click if any order for imported products is created on Prestashop.
    • All steps from adding the product into the cart and entering the shipping information have been automated.
    • Admin can update the shipping information.
    • The admin just has to enter the payment information and click “Confirm & Pay” to place the order at AliExpress.
    • Admin can keep a track of the orders that are already placed on the AliExpress.

    Note

    1. Works only on https websites.
    2. There should be a live URL –  It will not work on local domains.
    3. You can get the chrome browser extension from here.

    Installation of Chrome Extension

    You need to install an extension on your Google Chrome browser for importing the products to your Prestashop store that is “Prestashop AliExpress Importer”.

    Click here to download the chrome extension.

    After clicking the “Add to Chrome” button, the extension will be added to the Chrome browser. Just refresh the browser to make use of this extension. Now, when you will go to the product page of the AliExpress you can find a blue icon to import the products into your Prestashop Store.

    Module Installation

    Follows the Standard Prestashop Installation Process :

    1. Go to the back office -> Modules -> Add a new module
    2. Upload zip file of Aliexpress Drop shipping module
    3. The module will automatically get installed on your Prestashop.

    Configuration

    Extension Settings

    These credentials are automatically created and need to be used when products will be synced for the first time from AliExpress to Prestashop. Admin will have an option to Regenerate the “User Name” and “Password which need to be entered once during the import process. You can regenerate the token any number of times.

    New Product Settings

    Admin needs to set the default settings of the product being imported from AliExpress. There are various things that need to be defined when the product is being imported from AliExpress.

    • Create product in CatalogAdmin can decide whether he wants to create the imported product in catalog when synced from Aliexpress.
    • Product Status – Admin can decide if he wants to enable the product or not.
    • Admin can fetch product details like Product Features, Product description, Product packaging and Product combination by setting “additional info setting” to “by Curl” or “by Cron”.
    • Display Packaging Packaging details will be displayed on the product page if imported from Aliexpress.
    • Display AliExpress Shipping Time AliExpress shipping time will be displayed on the product page if the shipping time is imported from AliExpress.
    • Associated Categories – Admin can select the default categories associated with the newly imported product.
    • Default Category – Admin pre-decides the default category with the newly imported product.
    • Condition – Admin pre-decides the default Condition of the newly imported product – “Old”, “New” or “Refurbished”.
    • Visibility – Admin pre-decides the default visibility option of the newly imported product – “Everywhere”, “Catalog Only”, “Search Only” OR “Nowhere”.
    • Supplier – Admin can select the default Prestashop supplier of the newly imported product.
    • Options – Set default Options for the newly imported product – Available for order, Show price, Online only (not sold in your retail store)
    • Tax ruleAdmin can select the default Prestashop tax rule for the newly imported product.
    • CarriersAdmin can select the Prestashop carriers for the newly imported product.

    If Admin has enabled the “Fetch product information**(**Features, Description, packaging and Combinations)” options, in that case, module will provide two option by which product details can be fetched under “Additional info setting” on Prestashop end.

    1. By CURL
    2. By CRON

    If product details are fetched by CURL

    In this case, product details are fetched instantly when product is imported.

    NOTE: This may slow down the import process.

    If product details are fetched by CRON

    In the new AliExpress theme, admin cannot import the products through cron.

    Products can be imported through cron in the old AliExpress theme.

    Admin needs add cron by following two ways :

    1. Either by using the Cron Task Manager module or
    2. By setting Cron as per specific time interval.

    In this case, product combination images are fetched at the time when CRON runs. Till then the product remains in disable state even if admin has selected product to be auto-approved in the module configuration.

    How can you set the Price of the Imported Product

    When Product is imported from AliExpress to Prestashop, it is a major challenge to manage to price. To do this we have our Product Price Settings section in the module configuration. We also offer admin 4 options to select the pricing mechanism of the newly imported product.

    • Same as AliExpress – Here the product price will be same on Prestashop end as it was on AliExpress.

    Sometimes on AliExpress prices are set at a particular range for example ($400-$900). In this case, it will be difficult to manage prices when imported on Prestashop. So, there is a choice for the admin where he/she can select whether he/she wants to set the products to Minimum Price or Maximum Price to be imported on Prestashop. This is applicable on products with price ranges and not on combinations of the products since they don’t carry any price ranges.

    • Custom Price – Here Admin can set an altogether new custom price for the newly imported product.

    • Increase – Here Admin can choose to add an increased impact on AliExpress price when product is imported on Prestashop. (Impact will be set in percentage form)
    • Decrease – Here Admin can choose to add a decreased impact on AliExpress price when product is imported on Prestashop. (Impact will be set in percentage form)

    Admin can select the desired default currency on AliExpress while importing product on Prestashop.

    Product Combination Image Settings

    Admin also has “Product Combination Image Settings section” in the module configuration. From here Admin can decide whether to add product images with the combination images of the imported products on AliExpress end or not. If disabled then only selected combination images will be displayed.

    Automatic Update Settings

    In the new AliExpress theme, product price and quantity does not get automatically updated through cron. Admin can update the price and quantity of the product imported through product page manually.

    In the old AliExpress theme, admin can automatically update product quantity and price of the imported products when they are updated on AliExpress end by using the “cron task manager” module or by setting “cron as per specific time interval”.

    Product Update Settings

    In the new AliExpress theme, admin can update the product parameters manually while importing the products from AliExpress to Prestashop.

    In the old AliExpress theme, the product information of the imported products get automatically updated when the products are updated on AliExpress through cron. Admin also has an option to select which parameters will be updated. Options available at Admin end are Product Name, Product Price, Product Images, Product Features, Product Description, Product Packaging Details.

    • Regenerate Product Combinations – Admin decides whether combinations of the imported product will be regenerated at Prestashop end. While regenerating combinations the old quantity will be lost.

    Note: If admin regenerates product combinations then there will be no stock management for all pending orders.

    How to Import AliExpress Products to Prestashop

    Visit AliExpress website. Here, while hovering your mouse you can see the blue icon for the “AliExpress product Importer“. Just click that icon on the AliExpress product page to import the products to your store.

    Now, click on the AliExpress product Importer icon. This brings up a pop-up to enter your store URL, Username, and Token which can be copied from Module configuration Extension Settings.

    Once the correct credentials are entered, Click the “Submit” button – Your store will be authenticated and you will see a success message “Authenticated Successfully“. The product will be imported from AliExpress following the default product settings made in the module configuration.

    Note – In case you regenerate User Name and Password from extension settings of module configuration, you will be asked to re-enter the details while trying to import products from AliExpress. Admin can update the product name and product images during the import process form aliExpress end as well.

    Admin can update the Authentication details(extension settings) and configuration settings by clicking on Prestashop AliExpress importer icon on AliExpress page.

    Admin can fill the updated Authenticated details(extension settings) by clicking on “update authentication details” button.

    In the new AliExpress theme, admin can import products to Prestashop from the product page and not from the category page.

    In the old AliExpress theme, admin can import products on Prestashop from both product page and category page.

    In the new AliExpress theme, admin can update the configuration settings like “meta title”, “meta description”, “shipping time”, and product name length on product page.

    Note: Update “shipping time” configuration setting available only when admin import product from product page not from category page.

    Sometimes on AliExpress, on the product page, it is mentioned that the product will be shipped from which location, in such case, while the product is being imported, admin can select that when the product will be ordered on Prestashop and when it will be delivered from which location. Also, the combinations associated to that particular location will only be available for import.

    Admin End

    When Products are imported from AliExpress to Prestashop, they are listed in Dropshipping -> Products tab. Admin can click on ‘View’ tab to see the respective product page at AliExpress end. Admin can delete or change the status of the products from here.

    This is how products are imported from AliExpress to Prestashop.

    AliExpress Order Automation

    When the products that are imported from AliExpress to your store get purchased at your store, then all those orders will be visible under the AliExpress Orders section. Admin just needs to click the “Place Order” button and the admin will be redirected to the AliExpress website. After that, admin just has to enter the payment information as rest of the steps have been automated.

    When any imported products are ordered, they are listed in Dropshipping -> Orders tab. If you click on “View Order” button, You can see Prestashop default Order detail page. If you click on “View Product(s)” button, You can see all the products (imported from aliExpress) that are added in this particular order.

    On clicking the “View Product(s)” tab, admin can see the product wise listing of the order.

    Click on “Place Order” button for Order Automation on AliExpress .

    NOTE: Admin can keep a track of orders which have been already placed on AliExpress to avoid any confusion. Once the order is placed, “order placed” status should be set to “active” for proper stock management.

    By clicking on “Place Order” button, admin will gets redirected to AliExpress website and the product gets automatically added to the cart.

    Then admin will be directed to the “Review Your Order” section and admin can manually confirm the order and then select the payment method to make the payment for the purchase.

    Support

    That’s all for Prestashop AliExpress Dropshipping still have any issue feel free to add a ticket and let us know your views to make the module better http://webkul.uvdesk.com/.

    Current Product Version - 5.3.0

    Supported Framework Version - 1.7.x.x

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    2 comments

  • En
    Could I see some places with your Module running please
    • prerna (Moderator)
      Hello,
      Greetings of the day!

      Well, yes we have clients that are using our Aliexpress module and we would be glad to share with you the link of their sites. However, for that, we would request you to raise a ticket at our support ticket system https://webkul.com/ticket/ or you can mail us at support@webkul.com.

      Good day!

      Thanks & regards,
      Prerna Arora

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